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more on that later. but we begin with the big fight in washington growing more desperate as the august 2nd deadline to raise the debt ceiling approaches. the key question this morning will we to see any progress this weekend? we go live to the white house for more. are they working this weekend and might we expect more progress here? >> reporter: we'll to see. there's a lot of closed door negotiations. that's the phase we're in now. we're a day closer to what many experts have called a financial catastrophe, six closed door meetings that they had in the west wing. the focus turns to congress. whether or not they can reach a deal on a dramatically scaled back version, not that grand bargain, something smaller but do it in time for august 2nd when the country is due to run out of cash. taking his case public for the second time in a week, president obama accused republicans of refusing to compromise. >> the problem is members of congress are dug in ideologically into various positions because they boxed themselves in with previous statements. >> reporter: with the clock ticking towards w
after trying to make a jailhouse visit? ♪ >> and a big turnaround for the music industry. how artists like lady gaga played a big role in the recovery. >>> good morning. i'm alex witt. welcome to msnbc saturday. first we go to the legacy of betty ford. the former first lady completely changed the way americans talk about addiction, breast cancer, and other tough issues that people used to deal with in silence. mrs. ford died last night at the age of 93, and she said she was an ordinary woman called on stage at an extraordinary time. nbc's brian williams has more. ♪ >> reporter: we got to know her all over again during the week of mourning for president gerald ford, her strength and dignity still intact 30 years after leaving the white house. >> i was an ordinary woman called on stage at an extraordinary time. >> the president's first and our first lady, betty ford. >> reporter: elizabeth bloomer ford, never expected to be anything other than a congressman's wife. >> his wife, betty ford. >> reporter: but she became first lady the day richard nixon resigned. it was, she later said, t
witt. first off for you this hour the big fight in washington over spending and the debt limit. as that august 2nd deadline to raise the debt ceiling grows closer. we go to the white house for more. >> reporter: good morning, richard. it's a day closer to what the president and many outside experts are calling a financial catastrophe and hope for a big deal, the so-called grand bargain appears to be all but lost. the action turns to congress and whether they can pass a scaled down version of debt reduction before the country runs out of cash. taking his case public for the second time in a week, president obama accused republicans of refusing to compromise. >> the problem is members of congress are dug in ideologically into various positions because they boxed themselves in with previous statements. >> reporter: with the clock ticking towards what the president described as are a ma fw -- armageddon, he's hoping a deal could still be struck. >> but we got to get started now. that's why i'm expecting some answers from all the congressional leaders sometime in the next calm of da
deadline still fast approaching, the big question, will we see any progress so the u.s. will not default on its bills? nbc's mike vick kwer are at the white house. >> reporter: raising interest rates, people not getting checks, veterans affairs, in the course of each and every month. that's what's at stake here, the government would have to start to prioritize and major credit agencies are already talking about downgrading treasury bonds and the wisdom of investing in those. today, more dualing back and forth, the president in his weekly address, orrin hatch speaking for republicans, here's what they had to say about the state of play. >> i don't think oil companies should get tax breaks when they're getting tens of millions of profits. i don't think hedge fund managers should make more in bonuses than their secretaries salary. >> it was a crime of the president to submit and for congress to pass -- the only reason that congressional democrats would refuse to pass it because they know that the people of this country would rise up and quickly ratify it. >> there you see orrin hatch from u
>>> big news in washington this morning. one debt ceiling deal appears dead. will a critical meeting later today help save the american economy? new details about how the cia tracked down osama bin laden. the story of one analyst's dogged determination to get the leader. >>> rolling out the red carpet. the british royal company meets and greets some hollywood's biggest royalty. the scoop and buzz from their trip. >>> the 10 million mile man. you're going to meet the guy who just set a new record for the most flights on an airline ever. pretty cool stuff. good morning. i'm thomas roberts in for alex witt today. thanks for joining us. we get right to it. two big issues are making headlines this morning in washington. jobs and the debt ceiling talks. treasury secretary tim geithner appeared on "meet the press" with host david gregory. >> it's going to take a long time still. h is a very tough economy. i think for a lot of people it's going to feel very hard, harder than anything they've experienced in their lifetime now for some time to come. that is because that is the tragic e
going on behind the scenes, no big meetings today, the president in his weekly address today laid out the stakes and again called for share sacrifice and that means in the white house, you're raising taxes on the wealthy. >> the truth is, you can't solve our deficit without cutting spending, but you also can't solve it without asking the wealthiest americans to may their fair share or without taking on loopholes that give special interests and big corporations tax breaks that middle class americans don't get. >> reporter: now those taxes that the president are talking about, a nonstarter with republicans, that is a sticking point. that is the impasse, the hurdle that they simply cannot clear. in the meantime, republicans are moving ahead in congress with a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. it is very much a long shot. they're moving ahead, here's orrin hatch explaining why. >> the only reason this administration doesn't want a constitutional amendment is because they want to keep spending the american people's money. and the only reason congressional democrats would refus
're going to start with the big event in washington growing more desperate as the august 2nd deadline to raise the debt ceiling approaches. the key question will we see any progress this weekend. this as president obama warns that failure to take action could lead to serious financial fallout. >> we don't need a constitutional amendment to do our jobs. the constitution already tells us to do our jobs. we don't need more studies. we don't need more a balanced budget amendment. we simply need to make these tough choices and be willing to take on our bases. >> the republicans say they have a new long-term fix. a new amendment to the u.s. constitution. let's go straight to aaron mcpike. an issue of what is at stake today. a reporter with real clear pricks. what is this budget amendment? before we get to that, i want to show people what is at stake in terms of the numbers. $23 billion in social security payments. that's a payment that's on the united states' credit card bill. $87 billion that's another number that's being watched. august 15th also will come due $30 billion in interest paym
>>> good day. i'm in for con tesz ya brewer. we're covering the big news from coast to coast. the hot topic is just that. we're talking about the sorching summer heat. >> beautiful weather out there if you love heat and humidity. today will be the hottest and most humid day of the summer. >> today? >> look at the numbers. right up into the triple digits. >> dallas has been baking in 100 degree temperatures for ten straight days. >> horrible. horrible. >> near hudson, texas, it's not the heat or the humidity, that's the drought. >> oouf never seen it like this. >> across the south temperatures are soaring and water levels are sinning. it's so bad a south georgia man is sharing the water from his pool. >> we're carrying buckets of water back and forth to the neighbors. >> in the midwest oppressive heat claimed one life. a man found dead inside his mobile home on sunday, the air conditioner wasn't working. >> this is oppressive and dangerous heat affecting more than 20 states and more than 90 million people. >> there are heat advisories or warnings in 24 of the 48 lower states.
. >> what happened essentially is that this jobs report came over and poured a big bucket of cold water on quick hopes of a recovery. it tells you there was a slowdown and the word used was a standstill in hiring that happened in may and june. what we are going to be looking for next week is the beginning of earnings season. they will try to see if in this company companies can make money again. >> steve said many are looking for the confidence to start hiring. >>> it is a working weekend for congress right now struggling to reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling. crucial negotiations on a possible deal will take place at the white house tomorrow. this is what the president said on the talks this morning. >> we agree on some of the big things. we agreed that after a decade of racking up deficits and debt we need to get our fiscal house in order. we agreed in order to do that both sides have to step outside of their comfort zones and make some political sacrifices. and we agree that we simply cannot afford to default on our national obligations for the first time in our history. >> well,
with the president at the white house tomorrow. here's the president today. >> we agree on system of the big things. we agreed that after a decade of racking up deficits and debt we need to feet get our fiscal house in order. to do that, both sides have to step outside of their con fort zones to make political sacrifices. and we agree we simply cannot afford to default on the national obligations for the first time in our history. >> joining me now is white house correspondent mike have a caro. good morning to you. >> good morning, alex. >> are there enough of the similarities done to get the deal done this weekend? >> reporter: well, that's a great question. and a lot of people are drawing lines in the sand. over the past several weeks as we have led up to this very crucial, this critical weekend, alec, it appears there's really very little wiggle room. but we shall see. what's on the table is something of historic proportion. $4 trillion in spending cuts over ten years, over 12 years, that's one of the things being ironed out. of course, you know the story here. $14.3 trillion, that's the u.s. na
of higher than expected receipts, but they're going to have a couple big social security payments and interest payments due, so it's not entirely clear to the markets or to anybody else when treasury will exhaust its reserves. >> annie lowery, economic and business reporter for slate. >>> well, joining me from the hill now illinois republican congressman robert dold who serves on the financial services committee. representative dold, thanks for being here this morning. it's a busy day. >> thanks for having me. i appreciate it. >> i know, sir, that you supported john boehner's plan, but you say you would have voted for it without a budget balanced amendment. why are some of your colleagues saying they need that fully knowing it would not pass the senate? >> the number of my colleagues booef e plea of we have to change the way washington is working, so we've been grossly overspending for a long period of time. it's been happening on both sides of the aisle. it's a clear washington problem. american families have tightened their belt. american businesses have done the same. they shou
? >> he's the big key to getting a deal between the president and the leaders. he is not the key to getting the vote in the house of representatives. mitch mcconnell is important. you have the republican house that is resisting a deal with the president and resisting raising the debt limit. you need republicans to move forward, but mitch mcconnell has shown a willingness much more f. he and a senior leader can make a deal t becomes more difficult for republicans to block it in the house. they will lose the republicans anyway. remember, john boehner passed the his plan that has no chance of going forward in the senate. it has debt limit increase on passage of a balanced budget amendment which is not going to happen. mitch connell can try to move that process along, but john boehner has to figure out how to get to a majority in the house. that's why nancy pelosi is relevant again as well as members of the caucus. >> this passage of a budget amendme amendment, if that's not put in there in some shape or form whether tied to raising the debt ceiling or a side bar, what does that say
for both political parties to swallow. >> we agree on some of the big things. we agree that after a decade of racking up deficits and debt we need to get our fiscal house in order. we agree that to do that both sides are going to have to step outside of their comfort zones and make some political sacrifices. and we agree that we simply cannot afford to default on our national obligations for the first time in our history. >> joining me now nbc news white house correspondent mike. good saturday morning to you. >> good morning, alex. >> where does the debate stand today? >> reporter: we are on the verge at the white house in terms of cutting budget, cutting the spending and perhaps even raising the tax or changing the tax code. there could be a grand bargain in the offing on the order of some $4 trillion over ten years, over 12 years. a lot of those details are being worked out or it could all go bust. no one wants to see how the market is going to react on monday if this doesn't work out over the weekend. taxes -- looking for savings in those areas. even defense spending. something republic
. this big ridge stays in place and the dry weather is going nowhere. heading up through the lakes, off towards the east. showers and thunderstorms through virginia and the carolinas. that will bring thorps with locally heavy rainfall and spotty showers here for the southern parts of missouri and parts of mississippi early on a sunday morning. a big area of high pressure in the east should keep most of us dry and showers pushing through western new york state for the most part that were dry as we go through the afternoon. sunshine and temperatures above average in the east. we will continue to see the numbers even down near d.c. at 96. further down towards the south, this is afternoon stuff. throw heat on the atmosphere to get us wet weather. showers and showers increase, but mainly dry and sticky in the southern plains. dallas with another 100 degree day. it will continue today, but on through most of the week and out across the midwest. the front coming through with a few showers in places like chicago. >> thanks for the comprehensive report. it was a flight that began in new york and
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